Double It

“Double It” is another math game from Peggy Kaye’s book. It reinforces addition and subtraction skills. This game takes a bit more preparation to make then Group Ten.

The game board is a spiral with notches. I put them in intervals of 5. Don’t make too many notches because it makes the game too long, and the kids get bored. Here is what our board looks like:

First you make 24 small cards (I cut up orange card stock) with 4 sets of numbers from 0-10. Then you make a second set of 24 small cards. These will be the “instruction” cards. I took Peggy Kaye’s suggestion and used 6 blank index cards and cut them into quarters to get 24 smaller cards. You make: 8 adds, 6 subtracts, 7 double one numbers, and 3 lose one turns.

To Play:

You pick 2 number cards and 1 instruction card. You might get a 6 and a 3 number card and an instruction card that says add. So, then you would move ahead 9 notches on the board. If the instruction says subtract then you would move ahead 3 notches. If it says lose a turn then you don’t move. If it says to double one number then you take the larger number and double it – in this case, you’d move ahead 12 notches. You take turns until someone goes around the spiral and wins the game. As usual we used our Math U See manipulatives to aide in the game.


About Debbie

I am a stay at home mom of 2 energetic children. I homeschool them as well. I have a great husband who, after 7 years of working away from, finally has a job where he is home every night. We are trying to learn how to live together again along with adjusting to the lower pay that came along with the job change.
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4 Responses to Double It

  1. Jane says:

    can I request some ideas for a math game that helps with division please?????? 🙂 we like your games 🙂

  2. Debbie says:

    I will look for you, Jane.

    By the way, I think that you could adapt “Double It”. Change the instructions on the cards from Add and Subtract to Multiply and Divide. You’ll also have to make the numbers larger. I think it coud work!

  3. Jane says:

    Hhhmmm I think I must head off and stock up on cardstock…..we seem to be using up all my scrapbooking supplies instead lately!!!

    Thanks Debbie!

  4. Debbie says:

    You could also use various colours of index cards.

    I just don’t know how they compare price wise overall to card stock.

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